Hyde-Smith gets committee assignments

Cindy Hyde-Smith is sworn in as U.S. senator by VP Mike Pence (Source: Gray DC Bureau)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTOK) - The U.S. Senate Tuesday approved a resolution to confirm the Senate Committee on Appropriations subcommittee assignments for newly sworn-in Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

“Senators from Mississippi have a proud tradition of serving on the Appropriations Committee, and I look forward to being a good steward of taxpayer dollars as the committee works on fiscal year 2019 bills,” Hyde-Smith said.

Hyde-Smith has been assigned to serve on the following subcommittees:
• Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
• Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
• Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
• Legislative Branch
• State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Hyde-Smith’s first hearing will be Wednesday morning as the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee reviews of the FY2019 budget request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will testify.

Hyde-Smith will also serve on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Hyde-Smith also announced her senior staff, including chief of staff, deputy chiefs of staff, legislative director, and state director.

Hyde-Smith has appointed the following to senior staff positions: Brad White, Chief of Staff; John G. Campbell, Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration; Daniel Ulmer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy; Tim Wolverton, Legislative Director; and Umesh Sanjanwala, State Director.

“I’ve assembled a team with a broad variety of experiences to lead my Senate office. I will promote a positive agenda focused on issues important to Mississippians. My staff in Washington and in the state will be dedicated to constituent services and the best representation for our state,” Hyde-Smith said.

White, a native of Braxton, was most recently Cochran’s chief of staff and previously served as his state director. Prior to joining Cochran, White was chief of staff for the Mississippi Department of Audit, and chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party. He also held positions within the Mississippi Transportation Commission, the Mississippi Public Service Commission and the Simpson County Economic Development Foundation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Belhaven University.

Campbell, a native of Greenville, was the Deputy Commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) before joining the Hyde-Smith staff. He previously held several positions within MDAC, including state entomologist and director of the Bureau of Plant Industry. Additionally, he was a biological science technician at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research center at Stoneville. Campbell has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University and a Master’s degree in business administration from Delta State University.

Ulmer, a native of Jackson, served as deputy legislative director for Cochran. Ulmer joined Cochran’s staff in 2009 and held several positions including senior legislative assistant, legislative assistant, and legislative aide. His legislative portfolio was focused on agriculture, flood control, infrastructure, and banking issues. Ulmer has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi.

Wolverton, a native of Starkville, was most recently the military legislative assistant and senior policy adviser to Cochran, for whom he worked since 2009 in a variety of legislative positions. His portfolio was focused on national defense, homeland security, FEMA, and economic development. Wolverton has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi State University, in addition to a Master's degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Sanjanwala of Madison has been Special Assistant to Hyde-Smith since 2012, and chief information officer for MDAC since 1997. He was previously director of information technology audits for the Mississippi Office of the Auditor, in addition to systems analyst for the Mississippi Department of Human Services and Mississippi Department of Public Safety. He began his career as an IT project manager with Entergy. Sanjanwala has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mississippi College and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University.